Sessions Unleashes the Hounds on Pro-Pot States

Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Credit Mark Reinstein  Shutterstock

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is not happy with U.S. Attorney General Sessions' recent marijuana enforcement memo rescinding Obama administration guidance that enabled states to legalize marijuana without federal intervention.

Hutchinson said he believes Sessions decision to repeal the Obama-era memo is heavily aimed toward states that have legalized recreational use of marijuana. "California voters chose to legalize adult use of cannabis in 2016".

States and localities - not federal prosecutors - would be responsible for low-level pot dealing and use, one of Cole's memos said.

"In deciding which marijuana activities to prosecute under these laws with the Department's finite resources, prosecutors should follow the well established principles that govern all federal prosecutors", Sessions said.

It's worth noting that the Rohrbacher-Bluemenauer amendment must be approved each year, so it will come up for a vote again this year.

"At the Oregon Department of Justice we will continue to make sure Oregon's marijuana industry thrives under our carefully considered state regulatory requirements".

While you probably don't have to worry about getting swept up in a raid by the Drug Enforcement Administration on your way home from the pot shop, according to state officials and pot attorneys, that doesn't mean you can start cutting corners with your basement grow, business plans and pot purchases.

"We have hundreds of millions of dollars invested, tens of millions of dollars in taxes we're anticipating that we've already budgeted, and thousands of employees making a good wage who will be affected", Segerblom said. The new uncertainty about how prosecutors will deal with this will only make it harder.

"It's going to hurt a lot of people if it does slow down, there are just too many people benefiting financially and with their health", said Steve Williams, a marijuana advocate for DFW NORML.

"The Camp David retreat is an opportunity for the President to bring together bicameral congressional leadership to discuss this year's legislative agenda", said White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters.

It's unclear now how the Justice Department's move will impact recreational and medical marijuana markets around the country.

Coos County Sherriff Craig Zanni said, "This is now a federal issue related to a change of federal prosecutor's directives".

Under the state's medical marijuana law enacted in 2014, NY has 1,384 medical practitioners and 40,286 certified patients.

Most state and local officials are waiting to see what happens next, if anything.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, long a supporter of medical marijuana, called the Sessions memo "a direct attack on patients".

"It is the mission of the Department of Justice to enforce the laws of the United States", Sessions said in a statement, which said the Obama-era policy that directed federal prosecutors not to target state marijuana businesses "undermines the rule of law and the ability of our local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement partners to carry out this mission".

Trump had said that he would respect voters' rights in places that have elected to modify their drug laws. "This is a very bad thing and it's very unnecessary, considering what the president said publicly and that we are dealing with an opioid crisis right now", Don Murphy, who actually served as a delegate for Trump and volunteered on his campaign, told TAC.

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